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HELP! Computer crashed and won't start, even in safe mode

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I'm writing from my husband's laptop because my desktop is completely dead. Sad

We were out of town for several days and I left my computer on and connected to the internet while we were gone. Not smart but . . .

When we returned my desktop was running slow so I attempted to restart it. It locked up, I pressed/held the power button and when it restarted it attempted to run a disk check. The disk check locked up and I had to press/hold the power button again. When it restarted I got a blue screen ~ stop: C0000218 unknown hard error.

Sometimes when I attempt to restart it I get:

checking file system on C:
file system = NTFS

When I attempt to restart it in safe mode or safe mode with networking I get . . .

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\drivers\ . . . (various items)

and it locks up with the dos commands above on the screen.

I attempted to start it in "debug" mode and it runs the check disk scan, says the scan has been completely successfully and needs to restart, the screen goes black, the Windows logo appears, the screen goes black again and stays black.

Everything I try ~ I just get a black screen or it locks up with DOS commands on it. What can I do to get my computer back and/or start in safe mode?

Saturday's update:

One suggestion I received was that the computer's boot.ini file was invalid. I went through the process and added the installation to the boot list.

When I attempt to start my computer via boot from the CD the following occurs:

Welcome to Setup window appears. If I hit "Enter" I get the Licensing Agreement page; I hit F8 to accept; I see

The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer.
-: Partition1 [FAT] 39 mb (31 mb free)
C: Partition2 [NTFS] 72849 mb (9100 mb free)
E: Partition3 [FAT32] 3397 mb (526 mb free)
Unpartitioned space 8 mb

Options: Enter=Install D=Delete Partition F3=Quit

I don't want to lose the information (especially irreplaceable pictures of my son) that are currently on my hard drive. I wouldn't mind wiping the hard drive (AGAIN) IF I could get the pictures off my hard drive.

What do I do??

Do I repair my computer via the repair mode? When I attempt to do this I get a C:/ prompt and am not sure what to do next.

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When the system locks up in safe mode, what is the last line you can read?
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